Monday, July 6, 2015

4th Annual - Boca Burger Battle "A Grilling Affair!"
* Saturday - July 11th, 2015


Not only is the temperature rising, the bbq grills are getting ready and Chefs are creating secret recipes as preparations for the "Boca Burger Battle, A Grilling Affair!" returns again for the fourth year on Saturday, July 11th, 2015. More than 20 contenders from all over south Florida will create their grilling masterpieces and present them to a prestige table of Grill Master Judge's which includes a few well known "burger conneseuirs" like Rey De La Osa, Chief Grill Master Team Captain from Publix Aprons Cooking SchoolJamie Frankel from Burgers by the BeachJan Norris from JanNorris.comChad Thilborger from A Whole Heap of GoodnessRob Adler from Weekend BrowardDeputy Mayor Robert S Weinroth from City of Boca Raton, and Sam Kerrigan from CBS 12 News.. The sizzling summer street festival is held in Sanborn Square Park located in downtown Boca Raton near Palmetto Park Road and Federal Highway.

This years contenders: Boca Raton is featuring Morton's Steak House, Shake Shack, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Zinburger, Aladdin's Eatery, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Super Dave's On The Go; Deerfield Beach is featuring Burger Craze, Tucker Duke's Lunchbox and Legends Tavern and Grille; Delray Beach is featuring Salt 7, Cabo Flats and The New Vegan; Fort Lauderdale is featuring Bite Gastrotruck; Lake Worth is featuring Poutine Dog Cafe; Oakland Park is featuring Green Spot Kitchen; Pompano Beach is featuring McCoy's Restaurant; and Sweetwater is featuring 109 Burger Joint

Portion of proceeds from the Boca Burger Battle benefit PROPEL,, People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership, a 501c3 Non Profit Organization located in Boca Raton. PROPEL's goal is to address the needs of youth and be a catalyst for change, one life at a time. They offer weekly programming and special events in the areas of arts, education and recreation to best forward the future of our youth.

General Admission tickets are $50 per person and VIP tickets are Pre-Sale $75 / Regular $125 per person. VIP ticket holders receive unlimited food and drink tastings and enjoy early bird entry at 6 PM instead of 7 PM. Burger Battle GA Guests will enjoy entry at 7 PM and three drink tickets and unlimited food tastings. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!!! This is a 21 + year old event from 6 pm to 10 pm, No Pets PLEASE. Event is Rain or Shine! So, no refunds Battle Fans...  This is a 21 + year old event from 6 pm to 10 pm, No Pets PLEASE. Event is Rain or Shine! 

IF YOU DECIDE TO SKIP THIS EVENT... Here's what you're missing:
* Stay Tuned for Live Blog Posts from the event *

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Burger Craze - Deerfield Beach

Who would of thought the "Burger Mecca" of South Florida could end up right here in my backyard in Deerfield Beach. Within a 5 mile radius you now have Charm City Burger Co., Gimme A Burger, BurgerFi, Five Guys, Duffy's, Bru's Room, Flannigans, the Pocket Burger Press manufacturer and now introducing Burger Craze

Connected to the beach-front Wyndham Hotel on A1A in Deerfield Beach this ocean-side burger joint serving up a crazy menu of 20 burger options. The best part about it... not a single burger is over $11. Even the Ahi Tuna, marinated in ponzu topped with a wasabi-mayo asian slaw will run you $9.50. And yes, the menu is a la carte, so an order of fries will range from $2.75 (regular fries) to $4.50 (sweet potato waffle fries) with options for cajun, parmesan truffle or chili fries as well... 

Oh yeah, if you happen to see one of the Burger Craze serves on the beach make sure to place an order with them. They deliver! Yup. No need to leave the sun & sand. They will bring the burgers & drinks right to you in biodegradable boxes, napkins, cups etc. 
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I was hoping to dive into a few of these "crazy" creations but had to settle for the slider versions during the tasting event. Hard to get a good gauge on the size and toppings when presented with sliders (SPOILER ALERT), it didn't bother me at all... I'll be back to try a few options in the very near future! 

Now back to our regular scheduled blog post: 
The meat is 100% angus beef. It tasted a lot like if I were to grill burgers at home. A few were lacking seasoning but again, these were sliders however it didn't seem like much seasoning was added to the meat. They focused a lot on the toppings.

My hands down favorites of the night went to: The French Apple ($8) - topped with a caramelized apple, applewood bacon & melted brie. The Caliente ($7.50) - ground chorizo, pepper jack cheese, guacamole & jalapeño. Over The Top ($11) - kobe beef, topped with foie gras pate, arugula, truffle oil & raspberry jam. TOP CHOICEThats All Folks ($8.50) - Korean Pork Belly, topped with pickled relish on a bed of lettuce. No bun. No problem. This 4 hour marinated pork belly was out of this world!

Sure they've got appetizers... but when every appetizer on the menu is more expensive than the burgers, why start there... Go right for the stars of the show BURGERS!!!  Although, if you're going to try any of them, let me recommend the Pork Wings ($12) - pork shanks tossed in a Carolina Jack BBQ Sauce.

May is National Burger Month and Burger Craze will be celebrating on May 28th with a "Monster Piece" creation. They are issuing a challenge to anyone who can stomach it. Let me introduce to you the DEFEAT THE MEAT - 8lb Burger Challenge! When they make the annoucement official, you can head over to either they website or Facebook page to sign up. You will have 45 min to eat the entire thing! No joke. This is HUGE! If you plan to take the challenge, please email me so I can be there to document the entire thing. 


2096 NE 2nd St
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Burger Brawl - May 15th


This event has become the official SUMMER KICK-OFF EVENT in South Florida! 20 of the best chefs/restaurants will be grilling their way right into our hearts and stomachs as they compete for the coveted Burger Brawl Title on Friday, May 15th 2015... For the pre-sale price of $30 ($50 regular), you're ALL-INCLUSIVE admission allows you to sample all the burgers, snacks, desserts & adult beverages you can handle. But let's not overdo it on booze... The star of the event is meat. You're taste buds decide the winner. You must be 21 years old to attend.

This years event has moved inside to Stage 305 @ Magic City Casino in Miami.

Stage 305 (Magic City Casino)
450 NW 37th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

For tickets: CLICK HERE

Here are the 20 competitors:











* Here is the full menu for Friday's event!

Desserts, Snacks & Drinks:

Bunnie Cakes
El Mago de las Fritas
Kraken Rum
Liquid N2 Ice Cream
Little Louie’s Italian Kitchen
Night Owl Cookie Co.
Relentless Roasters
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Velvet Creme Doughnuts


180 Degrees At The DRB‘s 135° Truffle Burger: Sous Vide Black Angus Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Torched Swiss Cheese, Truffle Honey-Spicy Lime Aioli on a Butter Grilled Potato Bun.

Barley‘s Born & Raised: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Patty topped with Blonde Ale House Pickle (Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia Beer) + Miami Smokers’ Smoked Bacon + Smoked Florida Cheddar Sauce (Winter Park Dairy) + Pork Marrownaise (South East Family Farms Pork Pipe Bones) topped with House Made Potato Chips tossed in Smoked Sea Salt on a Sesame Seed Medianoche Bun (Pinocho Bakery).

B.C. Cafe‘s Korean BurgerHouse-made Kimchi, Grilled Scallions, Sriracha Mayo and a Fried Egg on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

BTW‘s Swine Burger: Miami Smokers’ Bacon, American Cheese, Special Sauce, & Dill Pickles.

Buns & Buns‘ Knife & Fork BurgerSchweid & Sons Angus Patty topped with Confit Onions, Special Truffle Sauce, Cheddar Cheese on a house-made Brioche Bun.

BurgerFi‘s The BurgerFi Blend: Topped with Short Rib, Tomato & Bacon Jam and Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese.

Charm City Burger Company‘s Damn TastySpecial Beef Blend with White American, Fried Pickle, Tallow Onions, Angry Charm Sauce & Bacon Jam.

Chefs on the Run‘s All America AmericanSchweid & Sons Blend Burger Patty topped with American Cheese, Sweet and Smoky BBQ, Grilled Onions, Lime Ranch, House Potato Chips & Topped with Smoked Brisket.

Da Burger Shack‘s Steak-N-AtorSpecial Blend of Steak & Angus Beef Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Sautéed Onions, Smoked Bacon, Bacon Sauce, Cheddar Cheese & a Fried Egg.

Ends Meat‘s Mitch HedBurgerSchweid & Sons Burger Patty topped with House Cured Bacon, Horseradish Cheddar, Cippolini Aioli, Sesame Bun, and Love

gastroPod‘s Mo’Betta Burger: Short Rib, Brisket & Sirloin Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Pickles & gPod Sauce.

Jersey Dawg‘s Classic Jersey Style Slider: Schweid & Sons Ground Beef cooked on a bed of Steamed Onions, topped with American Cheese and served on a Potato Roll.

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers’ Lady GuavaTempura Battered Schweid & Sons Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Patty Drizzled with Guava Ketchup.

Latin House‘s MadLove ChampSpecial Sirloin, Brisket Chuck Blend (Schweid & Sons) with Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella and Bellavitano Gold Cheese, Applewood Smoked Maple Glazed Bacon, Irish Butter Grilled Mushrooms & Onions, Hass Avocado, Avocado Lime and Creme Mexican Sauce, Candied Jalapeño with a Fried Egg.

The Local Craft & Drink‘s The General LeeMiami Smokers’ Bacon Smear, BBQ Spice, Comeback Sauce, Pickled Red Onion Relish, a House Made American Cheese Croquette on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom‘s Southern GentlemenPimento Cheese, Bacon, Bourbon Braised Onions, Schweid & Sons Patty on a Brioche Bun.

Ms. Cheezious‘ Patty Melt: Prime Chuck and Brisket Patty (Schweid & Sons) with house-made Chorizo Pimento Cheese and House-cured Bacon on griddled Sourdough Bread.

OTC‘s OTC BurgerAmerican Cheese, House-made Pickles, Caramelized Onions and Special Sauce on a Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty.

Pig Floyd’s The PigSchweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, Pig Floyd’s house-smoked Pulled Pork & homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Pincho Factory‘s Quesadilla BurgerChuck, Brisket and Short Rib Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Fresh Pico, Homemade Guac, Queso Fresco, Crema and Cuddled Between 2 Cheesy Quesadillas.

ROK BRGR‘s Drunkin’ “Bacon” Pretzel Burger: Aged Vermont Cheddar, Smoked Pepper Bacon, House-made Beer Mustard, Fried Onion Rings and a Schweid & Sons Patty on an Artisan Pretzel Bun

The Burger Beast Miami restaurants

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Zinburger - Boca Raton, FL

Well... It is Boca. I had to keep reminding myself this while eating. Roughly $10-$15 for every burger on the menu with over 15 to choose from with turkey, veggie or ahi tuna options. And this is a first, alacarte burgers. No side of fries, slaw, onion rings, tots. Just the burger. A side of luke warm over cooked "Loaded Fries" soaked in old frying oil runs you around $5-$7. These were not a star attraction of the meal...

I tried the signature Zinburger with manchego cheese, Zinfandel soaked onions, lettuce & mayo. I was intrigued but underwhelmed. No real distinct flavor from the toppings except for sweetness from the onions. However the meat was great and the burger was cooked perfectly. You can tell they grind the meat on site and hand press each patty. I just found myself wiping my hands after every bite. Very juicy. 

I was joined by buddy Nick from local rock band - FUSE. (Shameless plug: you can find them at Tarpon Bend, Brass Tap, World of Beer & Brickyard- The second burger we tried was The Ringer with applewood smoked bacon, Franks Red Hot sauce, onion rings & pepper jack cheese. Great use of the hot sauce which added flavor. Bacon is always a great touch. This ratio of burger to bun was better. Again the meat was cooked perfectly. 

To end the meal I did convince myself, which is not hard to do, to order the Shake of the Week: Rocky Road. This did put a smile on my face. Whomever is working the shakes is doing them right. I'll be back for dessert. 

Overall rating (1 - Rare to 5 - Well Done)
Zinburger - Boca Raton: Medium (3)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tilted Kilt - Boca Raton, FL

If you haven't heard by now, Tilted Kilt has invaded South Florida. This sports bar, Irish pub-style eatery has laid claim to a few hot spots and is looking to make a splash in the "breastaurant" business. Right off of Airport Road / Glades (I-95 exit), Tilted Kilt is serving up a sports bar menu with some Irish flare. We couldn't pass up the chance to see what all the fuss was about. The"Big Arse" burger menu showcases 1/2lb - "butcher blend" of ride-eye, sirloin & brisket meats. Never frozen. On a butter toasted bun. The 7 choices cater to all taste buds...

Today I was looking forward to the Pub Fried Egg Burger. At $12 its on the high end for a sports bar. However, after chatting with the owner for a little it I got a good sense that the quality of ingredients were paid proper attention. 

The burger was cooked perfect. Asked for medium... Perfect. Which for a sports bar, packed at 12pm for lunch is solid. However, the meat it self could of used a little more seasoning. You could tell the freshness of the meat when biting into it. Bacon on top was crispy. Fried egg was done real well also. Not to runny. No over cooked. A nice amount of yolk added to the flavor. 

Overall Rating: Rare (1 worst) - Well-Done (5 best)
Tilted Kilt - Boca Raton, FL - Pub Fried Egg Burger: Medium-Well (4)

Tilted Kilt
3300 Airport Rd 
Boca Raton, FL 

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